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    Cee-lo Green, Carmen Ejogo, Omari Hardwick & Tika Sumpter Join Cast of "Sparkle" Remake

    According to Variety, singer Cee-lo Green, Carmen Ejogo, Omari Hardwick and Tika Sumpter have joined the ensemble music-themed drama Sparkle, directed by Salim Akil from a script by Mara Brock Akil. As reported on the site previously, the new additions will join Jordin Sparks in the title role, Whit...

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    Shawn Bercuson on "What Filmmakers Can Learn from Tech Startups"

    I've long felt that one of the most important bridges the Indie Film Community needed to build, was the one into the tech community. I've felt the ideas & know how of the tech sector held the solution to our neglected pillars of cinema: discovery, participation, appreciation, & presentation. I still do, but I realize now that I was narrowcasting my reasons.Truly Free Film and Film Cutlure in general got a great boost last week when Prescreen launched. Audiences and filmmakers both found new ways to connect with great films. What I hadn't anticipated though, was how the process of this new venture's launch offered additional insight for fil...

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    Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr & The Importance Of The Success Of George Lucas' "Red Tails"

    Had second thoughts about posting this, given how fiery debates on these issues tend to get on S&A; also, what both actors say here is redundant, as we've heard this all before. But, what the hell, it's Friday. Bring it :)

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    Zhang Yimou's 'The Flowers Of War' Starring Christian Bale Is China's Official Oscar Entry

    Well, here's a new twist to this year's foreign film Oscar race: China has selected Zhang Yimou's "The Flowers of War" as their official entry.

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    Karl Urban & His Futuristic Haircut Are Apparently Returning For Vin Diesel's New 'Riddick' Movie

    So, has Vin Diesel been too eager to get his next "Riddick" movie off the ground? We'll leave that for you to decide, but just a few days after hitting his Facebook page with concept art, talk of an R-rating and a 2012 release, that entire post has been removed. Hmm. So just bear that in mind as we ...

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    Today's Birthdays - 9/23/11 (Anthony Mackie, Chi McBride and LisaRaye)

    New Orleans native Anthony Mackie welcomes 32 today. The stage and screen actor has appeared in 8 Mile, Brother To Brother, She Hate Me, Law & Order, The Manchurian Candidate, Half Nelson, We Are Marshall, American Violet, The Hurt Locker, Notorious, Desert Flower, Night Catches Us and The Adjustment Bureau. He currently can be seen in What's Your Number?, Man On A Ledge and Real Steel.Chi McBride says "hello" to 50. The Chicago native's impressive list of film and tv credits include The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Revenge Of The Nerds 3, Married With Children, Gone In Sixty Seconds, The Practice, Max Steel, Undercover Brother, Boston Public,...

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    Media Watch: Dish Network Unveils Blockbuster Movie Pass, Facebook's Push to the Past

    Today, the Dish Network revealed Blockbuster Movie Pass, its competitor to Netflix. Blockbuster Movie Pass will resemble the previous Netflix model, bundling DVD-by-mail rentals as well as online video streaming. However, its customers must sign up for the satellite provider for access to streaming...

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    Taylor Lautner: What Happens If Abduction Fails?

    Taylor Lautner, the Twilight teen idol, has been poised for movie stardom. But what if his first solo attempt, the upcoming action film Abduction, fails? Lautner's agents at William Morris have posed the ripped 19-year old at a big star, lining up multi-million dollar roles (he will receive $5 milli...

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    Johnny Depp Visits The Set Of 'The Hangover' In New Poster For 'The Rum Diary'

    Back when the trailer dropped for "The Rum Diary," this writer (who has not read the book on which the film is based) got pilloried for daring to suggest that the boozy, Caribbean vacay vibe felt less adventurous than Terry Gilliam's "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas." "It’s way different than fear and loathing," our commenters said with folks arguing, "These stories are two different galaxies" and that "nothing really happens in the book other than him going to South America, trying to keep a paper from going under eating alot of cheesburgers and of course drinking alot of rum." Ok, we'll grant that the story is different and comparing "Withna...

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    In Theaters: 'Abduction' Will Try To Kidnap The Box Office From 'Moneyball' & 'Killer Elite'

    Greetings, earthlings. How is your September treating you? Pleased as punch that good movies are coming back? Well this week we have "Abduction" ahahaha, joke's on you! No but seriously, we have the smart baseball movie "Moneyball" that has made its way to the screen, by hook or by crook, despite th...

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